Circle in an Oval in a Square

I’m not exactly sure how the round water valve cover came to be surrounded by an oval. It doesn’t look like a machine-made cut. I like this photo for this mystery and that it could be a Ptolemaic schematic in which the earth is the center of everything.

Street-Hole Cover at Night

I’m not sure what this iron cover is protecting. I wouldn’t call it a manhole cover, as it is only 12-18 inches in diameter. Also, it is in a parking lot. Maybe it is a drain from one of the restaurants. I like the reflection of the yellow street lights.

Put it Back

Why can’t people leave things the way they found them?  It seems to be common courtesy if nothing else. My photo today is a case in point. Whoever painted the lines for this parking space, by necessity, had to overlay the manhole cover. It appears that a workman required access to the space underneath said […]

Light Cover

I saw this metal plate on the sidewalk the other day. The oblong cut-out covered a light bulb. I didn’t look closely, but there must have been a reflector or a lens to focus or direct the light to its intended target. I must make a point to go back at night, when it is […]

Iron Works in Dappled Sun

Another street-level photograph. I caught this manhole cover just as the sun was coming through the trees. The matrix of squares that adorns the central portion of this large round plate made it easier to quickly line up a perfectly centered photo (before I got run over).  I like the way the blue reflected light […]

A Little Off

This is the fresh-water version of my sewer picture from the other day (Sewer Askew). In that post I rued the misalignment of the entitled sewer cover with the its surrounding concrete in which it was mounted. Today I saw this water line access cap. As with the sewer cap title, it is also not […]

Iron Plate

Among the objects I seek out when walking are manhole covers and other iron plates that cover accessways to public utilities. I’ve encountered many interesting sewer covers, manhole covers, grates, etc. I don’t know what the plate below was protecting, but I do know who made it. I love the lettering that identifies the foundry.

Sewer Askew

Apparently, the people who have a penchant for order (i.e., centering things, arranging dollar bills to face the same way or, putting them in sequence of serial number (or Federal Reserve Bank from which they originated)), were not on duty when this sewer cap was installed. When I took the photo, I squared up the […]